Allen is Nation's New #1 Quarterback

Although the Scout 100 and player rankings were just released a week ago, we've already decided to make a change and it's a pretty significant one.

After his big time performance at the SoCal NIKE Camp on Sunday, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain signal caller Kyle Allen has shot up the charts and is Scout.com's new No. 1 rated quarterback. Allen jumped up to the No. 21 rated overall player nationally and a five star prospect as well.

"That's awesome," Allen said upon hearing the news that he was bumped up to the No. 1 spot in the land. "It's a huge honor to be No. 1 and I've been working hard to get that top spot for a while now. It's an amazing feeling to finally be there.

"I thought I did good at the NIKE Camp, I showed out well and was happy with my performance. As for trying to keep that top spot, I don't really have a plan or anything, I'm just going keep trying to play up to my potential and I think I'll be fine."

Scout.com's Director of Scouting Scott Kennedy said Allen is not only the top quarterback he has seen this year but maybe in some time. "After watching Kyle in person yesterday, and after having already liked him on film, he's my top quarterback in the country," Kennedy said. "Honestly, he's as good a passing quarterback prospect as I can remember since Matt Barkley. "He has better mobility, a quicker release, probably a stronger arm, and is just as accurate as Max Browne, our top QB last year. He's farther ahead of Jeff Driskel, our top QB in 2011, in the mental aspects of the game and is on a different level than Gunner Kiel (2012) and Jake Heaps (2010). "That brings me to Barkley and that's where I have doubts about who I would take but I don't think it's a stretch to say Allen is the best quarterback I've scouted in the last five years." Allen's rise up the charts wasn't based solely on his NIKE Camp performance, he shows up very well on film. At 6-3, 192 pounds, Allen has a solid frame, a very live arm and can make big throws in and out of the pocket. He can throw with touch when he needs to do, is very accurate and is an above average athlete for the position as well.

In terms of his physical tools and comparing him to last years top quarterback, Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline signal caller Max Browne, Allen has the physical edge, but of course it was Browne's incredible cerebral side that made him such a special player.

"The similarities between Browne and Allen end with the fact that both were the top quarterbacks in the West as well as the country," national analyst Brandon Huffman said. "The differences, though, are striking. Browne was a more cerebral quarterback with all the intangibles and a quiet killer streak to him. Allen is a better athlete with a stronger arm, and while he doesn't have the touch that Browne does, he's able to fit the ball in tight spaces better than Browne."

Allen has much respect for Browne as a quarterback and said he was honored to be mentioned alongside him.

"Max was an awesome quarterback, Gatorade Player of the year," Allen said. "I knew he was the top guy last year, just like anyone else, I follow the rankings too. I mean, I think every recruit does to some extent, we all want to see where we place against the rest of the country. I'm very honored to be the top guy but I'm just going to keep working and try and get better."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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